Pumpkin picking hotspots.
If you have youngster on half term next week head out for a day at one of the local pumpkin farms. Most have play areas and somewhere to have a picnic or offer hot drinks and snacks to keep you going. Take your pick.
Sopley Farm Shop & Bakery - Dan Tanners
Sopley Farm is situated on the edge of the New Forest it offers a large variety of pick your own fruit and veg and obviously pumpkin picking at this time of year. The farm shop is well stocked if you don't want to pick your own and the new Sopley Farm Bakery sells cakes and pastries & hot drinks.
Pumpkin Picking Patch & Halloween Maze
Over 20 varieties of pumpkins and gourds planted in over 12 acres of fields - go and find yours perfect gourd.
Fancy a go at finding your way through the Maize Maze head to their website and book your slot.
Picnic area and light refreshments and hot drinks on site.
No dogs Allowed.
Bickton Manor Farm
Huge selection of pumpkins, no need to book, children's play area and the most amazing selection of milkshakes, hot chocolate, lattes, etc; courtesy of The Ducking Stool.
Late night opening Friday & Saturday until 8pm during October.
Fordingbridge Pumpkin Pastures
PYO Pumpkins everyday until 28th October 9.30 a.m. - 4 p.m
Booking essential for Super Saturday 29th October
Live music, food & drink and fireworks.
Ringwood Road slip Road,
Sunnyfields Farm is a family run farm that welcomes visitors 7 days a week, you can purchase their organic vegetables and a great range of local, quality products from the shop and choose your perfect pumpkin. The event kitchen is open during pumpkin time and offers wood fired pizzas, burgers, hotdogs and a selection of drinks.
Dogs on leads allowed.
Well known for it's elaborate pumpkin displays in the lead up to Halloween, this year the display pays tribute to the late queen with a giant paddington bear made out of pumpkins, a reference to the sketch produced by the BBC shortly before her death.
This year Sunnyfields Farm is also playing host to the UK's heaviest pumpkin - grown by brothers Stuart & Ian Paton from Lymington the pair narrowly missed out on the world record but vowed to continue growing until the world record is back the UK.
Advance tickets are necessary for this one so make sure you book.
Jacobs Gutter Lane
The Miller family have farmed in Dorset for four generations and for the last three years they have been growing pumpkins of all varieties from seed - expect plentiful displays, (look out for the bail monster) farm animals, hot food and drinks and modern and vintage tractors
Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October